BMW Group wins "Connected Car Award" for use of artificial intelligence in production

Munich/Las Vegas. On 7 January, the magazines Auto
Bild and Computer Bild presented the BMW Group Production with their
Connected Car Award in the Pioneer category. The winner is selected by
a jury of experts comprised of editors from both publications,
honoring particularly innovative solutions, such as the use of
artificial intelligence in production. The BMW Group has been applying
AI solutions in several use cases in series production for some time
now. One example: In the final inspection area at the Dingolfing
plant, vehicle order data is compared to a live image of the model
designation of the newly produced car. If live image and order data
don’t match, if e.g. a designation such as “xDrive” is missing, the
workers carrying out the final inspection receive a notification.

Dirk Hilgenberg, Senior Vice President Production System, Technical
Planning, Tool Shop, Plant Construction at the BMW Group, accepted the
award at CES in Las Vegas. He stated: “We are delighted to receive
this very special award. It confirms that we are on the right track,
introducing effective applications that create added value for the
production system and provide maximum support for our employees.”

The BMW Group’s Intranet of Things platform in particular ensures a
smooth integration of new AI applications into production IT. Workers
can choose the most suitable tools from a digital toolbox, combine
them into their own solutions and install them via plug and play. In
December 2019, the BMW Group publicly shared parts of its innovative
digital image tagging software, which has been successfully applied in
various AI applications. In turn, software developers all around the
world support the development of AI software, allowing the automaker
to focus primarily on the advancement of specific AI applications in
production and logistics.